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Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog post relating to how saddles work on horses on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com. 

There are still firsts...

Posted by RodandDenise on February 26, 2016

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You would think that after twenty years of building trees, we’d be running short of different things to do. Nope… While we have built a fair number of exposed wood horn caps in the past,

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What do you call a group of tree makers?

Posted by RodandDenise on February 12, 2016

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A forest? In that case, here are a couple of seedlings and a (relatively) mature maple - because he is Canadian, after all...

From left to right: Greg Cymbaluk, Rod Nikkel, Dusty Smith

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How do I measure my horse for bar angles?

Posted by RodandDenise on February 9, 2016

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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We occasionally hear of people using protractors to try and measure angles off their horse and correlate them to bar angles on saddle trees. You just can’t do that – and here’s why…

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Kids these days...

Posted by RodandDenise on January 20, 2016

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We’ve had an additional body around the shop the past couple of weeks.

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Bridging

Posted by RodandDenise on January 7, 2016

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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This is a bridge. It contacts at both ends and has lots of empty space underneath it.

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Merry Christmas!!!

Posted by RodandDenise on December 23, 2015

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Merry Christmas everyone!!  OK, so the shape isn't quite right...

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Once upon a time...

Posted by RodandDenise on December 19, 2015

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back in the ‘80’s, there was a cowboy…

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For the past twenty five years

Posted by RodandDenise on December 15, 2015

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I've had the privilege of being able to ride my engagement ring...

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Flat on round and round on flat - a paradox

Posted by RodandDenise on December 12, 2015

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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Some people think that when we get Dennis Lane measurements or back drawings of a horse, we make the bottom of our bars the exact reverse of the back shape of the horse. Nope, we don’t. We have to make the tree fit that horse - to work whether the horse is standing still or moving, is walking, trotting or loping, is going uphill or down, is dragging a calf to the fire or holding the rope while the cowboy is doctoring the animal. This means that we learn the basic body type of the horse from the drawings or DL measurements and then we make the tree with the allowances built in that are needed to fit that body type.

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Western Stock (Aussie) trees for sale

Posted by RodandDenise on December 9, 2015

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We have three Western Stock or Aussie style saddle trees in various levels of completion. (Yeah, there's a story. There's always a story...)  These trees are now sold!

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